This year, Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah begins on the evening of October 4 and lasts through October 6. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are rolled, just like the Torah. Try this recipe for crispy phyllo dough wrapped around a savory potato feta filling.Read More
BasicsShemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 101
Brush up on the basics of Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret.Shemini Atzeret Development
Not quite Sukkot, not quite its own holiday.Development of Simchat Torah
A new identity for the second day of Shemini Atzeret.In the Community
Public and communal celebrations of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.Themes & Theology
God's way to retain closeness with the Jewish people for a little while longer.
Traditions & RitualsEvening Service
A time to dance with the Torah.Morning Service
Ending--and beginning--the Torah cycle.The Prayer for Rain
Connecting physical and spiritual needs.Torah Service
Special ceremonies for ending and beginning the Torah cycle.Attah Horeita
A prayer recited only on Simchat Torah.